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UPDATED March 14, 2016

Academy of Language Arts


Founded in 1984, Academy of Language Arts (ALA) is located in the heart of Tokyo and renowned for its history. Enhancing learners' conversation skills has been our main educational objective since our foundation. In our general conversation course, learners study in a relaxed multinational environment. ALA is a highly reputable language institute that specializes in business Japanese training, develops and conducts the TCCB (Business Communication Measurement Test). We offer a multitude of programs to meet your goals. Hone your business Japanese skills with our private and company lessons. Whatever your language goals may be, ALA will help you reach them!

3 months intensive course starts in April 6, 2016.

- Short-term conversation course (Intensive / part-time)
- Student visa acquirable course (Intensive / 6 months ~)
- Private lessons/In-company lessons (General / Business)
- Test of Communication Competence in Business (TCCB)
- 外国人社員育成コース

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No.2 Tobundo Bldg., 2-16, Ageba-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0824

KAI Japanese Language School

KAI makes you improve real communication

Founded in 1987, KAI Japanese Language School is a reputable Japanese language school in Tokyo certified by the IALC (International Association of Language Centres). Since our foundation, we've attracted students from about 40 countries, who use Japanese as the common language of communication both in and out of the classroom. At KAI, students live Japanese! Our two main programs cover most people. First, the General Course, targets students aiming to master Japanese, while the Practical Conversation Course is a conversation program on a shorter-term basis. In addition, we offer summer courses, 50+ course and private lessons for both individuals and corporates.

Free classroom observation, level check test and counseling.

- General Course (intensive & communication oriented)
- Practical Conversation Course (flexible & conversation focused)
- Summer courses (Grammar & Conversation and JLPT)
- 50+ Course (language & culture for senior learners)
- Private Lessons (for both individual & corporate clients)

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Miyuki Bldg., 1-15-18, Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0072

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin

School for practical and business Japanese

Founded in 1967 by the nonprofit International Education Center, JLI has attracted more than 9,000 students from over 90 countries. The features of JLI are: 1) stressing Japanese conversation skills with practical application for business and daily situations; 2) utilizing user-friendly original textbooks written in both Japanese and English (Basic to Pre-intermediate); 3) learning Japanese via TV news and dailies, honing writing and presentation skills (Intermediate to Advanced); 4) targeting business people, families of expats, spouses of Japanese, other adult learners; 5) diverse student body. JLI is conveniently located in the center of Tokyo, a five-minute walk from Yotsuya Station.

Try-out Lesson: You may come and observe the class of your choice for the Regular as well as the Part-time Programs before you sign up.

- Regular Program (Daytime Intensive): Mon. through Fri., 9:00 - 12:20
- Early Morning Course: One or two days a week, 60 min. per lesson
- Daytime Course: One or two days a week, 90 to 120min. per lesson
- Evening Courses: One or two days a week, 90 to 120 min. per lesson
- Saturday Course: 120 - 180 min. per lesson

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1-50 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG)

Visualize your Japanese

Founded in 1975, Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute has reached its 40th anniversary in Japanese language education this year. From its start, SNG has strove to perfect its visual learning Japanese methods with cards of various colors and shapes. In light of this tradition, at SNG you may also now enjoy its new online contents, the VLJ, with extensive grammar exercises, self-quizzes, vocabulary and practical grammar explanations by the method's founder. Why not come and visualize your Japanese at SNG? You can download free sample applications via your smartphone!

Our students receive discount school cards and discounted commuter passes

- Intensive Weekday Courses
- Business Japanese Course
- Tourism Business Japanese Course
- Short Courses (Summer,etc.)
- Off-campus Cooperate Business Japanese Training, and others.

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2-9-7 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0075

Coto Japanese Language Academy

Fun and effective Japanese learning at Coto Language Academy

Are you ready to challenge yourself in Japanese? Coto Language Academy is the perfect place to up your conversational skills! Located in the heart of Tokyo with fun learning as a motto, Coto offers small classes to all levels, flexible schedules and 3 types of courses: Intensive, Part-Time and Private. Catering to our students that are usually English speaking and either long-term residents or short-term visitors, we use original materials to teach real life practical Japanese. Our professional English-speaking staff coupled with our friendly school atmosphere will ensure that you get the most out of your learning experience!

Free level check, trial lesson and counseling offered.

- 4 Week Intensive Course
- Nihongo Plus! Group Lesson
- JLPT Course
- Private Lesson
- Dispatch Lesson

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3rd floor, Iidabashi Building 4-9-4, Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo

ARC Academy Japanese Language School

4 schools in 3 big cities

Since it was established in 1986, multinational students from more than 50 countries have studied at ARC Academy. Our well-trained and motivated teachers help students master communication skills as naturally as possible through realistic intercultural communication. All our schools, two in Tokyo, one each in Osaka and Kyoto, are conveniently located within easy access of train/subway stations and it is very convenient to go shopping, dine out or visit tourist attractions. In October 2015, the Shibuya school relocated to an eight-story building in Iidabashi, Bunkyo-ku for a better study environment. Our friendly English-speaking staff will be happy to assist you.

- Intensive Japanese Course
- Study Abroad Course
- Business Japanese Class in Iidabashi
- Customized training programs for corporate clients

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2-23-10 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0004

SAMU Language School

Reach your full potential!

SAMU Language School was founded in 1986 to cultivate international students who are interested in learning Japanese language and culture. Since the founding of the school, SAMU Language School has produced thousands of graduating students. The school provides excellent Japanese language curricula with opportunities to learn about Japanese culture and history. Academics and general guidance and support for higher education are available to help students be at ease while studying. Students from all over the world come to SAMU Language School to learn practical "living" Japanese and work toward their dreams and goals.

Individual Application: Screening Fee & Entrance Fee Discount

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Short-term Course
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2-1-6 Hyakunin-cho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0073
Below are the students'messages from the above schools

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin

Nichibei Kaiwa GakuinRyan Eckert (U.S.)

The main reasons that I chose the Japanese language school that I currently attend were the quality of instructors, good classrooms and it having an enjoyable learning environment. I feel that to achieve an optimum educational performance, those three criteria are the most important to me.

Before deciding to enter Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin (JLI), I had visited three other Japanese language schools. What impressed me most about Nichibei compared to the other schools was the quality of facilities and the small class sizes.

I was very impressed with the learning environment that JLI offered its students and since I have been attending JLI, I am extremely satisfied with all of my instructors. All of the teachers are very professional, patient and accessible.

The school curriculum is intense, but reasonable. Each day the students go through well-balanced exercises of reading, kanji, writing, listening and speaking. Since attending JLI, I have seen a big improvement in my Japanese skills and I am very happy about my decision to go to JLI.

Samu Language School

Samu Language SchoolMalin Walterson (Sweden)

I chose Samu because I was told that it's good for people who want to work in Japan, has a high study tempo, and does not have many Western students. I wanted to attend a school without many Westerners, to avoid falling into speaking English while living in Japan.

The teachers are really great, but the study tempo is not as high as I expected. We never have homework, which puts a lot of responsibility on the students to study on their own.

The atmosphere in the school is open and friendly, with events such as onsen hot spring trips, singing competitions and sports days. The lessons are divided into different classes, such as kanji, grammar, essay writing, conversation, listening comprehension, reading comprehension and word knowledge. Students have different teachers for most of these classes, and I haven't had a bad teacher to date.

My Japanese skills have improved a lot since I started. I passed the JLPT N2 test in December, something I think I can thank Samu for. I would recommend the school for its teachers, and for how the lessons manage to encompass all the different aspects of the language.

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG)

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG)Frédéric Ségouin (France)

I chose SNG for many reasons. The main reason was, after having spent a long time making a list of language schools of Tokyo, SNG appeared to be among the best of them.

Not only that, but location was also a factor as the school is only five minutes away from my accommodations.

The professionalism of the staff, along with the information and help they provided, made me confident I was making the right choice by choosing SNG. The school met, and continues to meet, all my expectations and gave me even more than I was prepared for.

The school's teaching method is unique, clever and ingenious as long as students put in enough work on their own. Not only do the teachers cover the aspects of the language such as writing, kanji, reading or oral fluency, but they also teach the use of casual and honorific Japanese.

The staff is available for the students at any time and is always ready to answer questions. Overall, my experience at SNG has left me completely satisfied.

ARC ACADEMY Japanese Language School

ARC ACADEMY Japanese Language SchoolClément Gournay (France)

The main reason why I chose this school is because there are a wide variety of courses such as short term, long term, study abroad, business and more.

Having a wide range to choose from is really valuable when a person is not completely sure of their future plans. Thanks to this, I switched from the general course to the graduate school preparation course to work on entering a Japanese university. During the course, I was able to study, for example, how to write a thesis proposal in Japanese.

Lessons are interactive and include a lot of group work; something I believe helped me improve my Japanese faster. Another good point is that the lessons last only half a day. This allows students to work part time to pay their expenses and experience working in Japan.

Besides lessons, the teachers really supported the students, including help with visa procedures, business advice, job and university interview training and more. It was also a pleasure to go on school trips at the end of each term, giving me the opportunity to discover Japanese culture while learning Japanese language.

Coto Japanese Language Academy

Coto Japanese Language AcademySile O'Mahony (Ireland)

When I moved to Tokyo, I knew that to have the best experience here, I needed to learn Japanese.

Having taken language courses in other countries, I knew that I wanted a variety of courses, a flexible schedule (including day and evening courses) and small class sizes.

I chose Coto because they offer this and more; extending the learning experience outside the classroom, such as organizing seasonal events, including trips to a sumo tournament, onsen hot springs, skiing and more.

I started Coto in the beginner-level intensive class and took six months of intensive courses, as well as some private classes. I am currently taking Nihongo Plus and Japanese Language Proficiency Test N3 Preparation classes.

The school's primary goal is to ensure students can communicate in the real world. But Coto is more than just a school; the teachers are friendly and approachable and genuinely interested in students' success.

To go from not being able to communicate at all and struggling with simple tasks such as grocery shopping to handling most daily situations in Japanese is such a joy. Thanks to Coto, I constantly see improvements and notice I can understand things now that I couldn't just one month ago.

KAI Japanese Language School

KAI Japanese Language SchoolBeatrice Helliksson (Sweden)

I chose KAI Japanese Language School based on a variety of factors. One key point for me was the seriousness of the school.

My experience with other language schools left me with the impression that they were not serious about teaching their students. So, finding a school with good merits and prestige was important. Although cost played a small role in my decision, the quality of the school and its curriculum outweighed the price.

After entering the school, I realized the learning pace was rather fast. However, the teachers always support the students when we need it.

The atmosphere at the school is wonderful and everyone gets along well. I think this is because KAI offers many group activities for students to participate in. The teaching focuses on writing, speaking, reading and of course listening, creating a good balance in one's language skills.

Since I'm from a country that doesn't have kanji, the reading has been tricky for me. However, compared to a year ago, my Japanese skills have improved tremendously and I have been able to take the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Level N2.

Academy of Language Arts

Academy of Language ArtsBenoit Stoquart (Belgium)

I chose to study at ALA mainly because the lessons are focused on developing conversational skills. Compared to other schools, at ALA we're given a lot of opportunity to talk and develop those skills.

But we also study kanji and practice reading. In my opinion, the lessons are well balanced. The other things that made me choose ALA were the fees and location. The fees are lower than other schools, and being close to Iidabashi makes it quite practical and accessible.

Since I started studying at ALA, I'm satisfied with my experience as a student. The instructors are really serious and take the time to listen to each and every one of us and they try to adapt the lessons to the needs of the students. The teachers ask our opinions and if there are things we'd like to change.

I'm confident my Japanese skills have improved steadily since I started studying at ALA. The school atmosphere is pleasant and teachers and other school personnel are always available to help us if we have any questions or problems, even those unrelated to our studies.

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Academy of Language Arts

Academy of Language Arts

Become fluent in Japanese

Our educational aim is that learners become able to not only gain Japanese knowledge and understand Japanese, but also communicate well in Japanese. We provide practical training with our students in order for them to use it in actual society once they learn something new. Even if leaners start from zero level in Japanese, we assure that they have fluency in Japanese as of their graduation. Therefore our graduates have acquired good communication skills at ALA.

We have offered Japanese language education for practical communication consistently since our foundation. It has resulted in extremely high evaluations in the training of global human resource development for Japanese companies.

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KAI Japanese Language School

KAI Japanese Language School

(Digital Learning System)
for better learning experience

KAI Japanese Language School is continually striving to embrace innovative modern learning techniques. With KAI:DLS (Digital Learning System), we're taking our biggest leap forward: our original materials have been transformed for a better learning experience. Students in the General Japanese Course are equipped with a mobile internet-connected, study-ready iPad for digital learning in and out of the classroom. KAI's original textbooks are provided as iBooks and the courses are organized in iTunesU. KAI:DLS provides a unique digital learning environment not found in other language schools. It improves learning speed and comprehension and we are committed to progressively enhancing the platform.

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ARC ACADEMY Japanese Language School

ARC ACADEMY Japanese Language School

See new aspects of Tokyo

ARC Academy Shibuya School recently relocated to Iidabashi - one of the major interchange railway stations in Tokyo. It is located by the outer moat of Edo Castle and beautiful cherry blossoms can be seen in spring. There are many tourist attractions such as Tokyo Dome City that consists of baseball stadium, amusement park etc. and Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, a beautiful Japanese garden. Some old geisha houses in Kagurazaka area are now used as popular cafes and shops. Studying in Iidabashi will show you new aspects of Tokyo that are not crowded or noisy, yet with all the comfort of the city.

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Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG)

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (SNG)

Blended Learning

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute began offering a cloud-based Japanese instruction service, Visual Learning Japanese (VLJ), for use by foreigners in cooperation with NTT Communications.

Featuring this method, NTT Communications developed cloud-based e-learning teaching materials so that students can learn Japanese easily. Our original teaching system "blended-learning," which is a combination of online and offline in-class lessons, allows students to learn the language more effectively. The applications for smartphones and tablets, and video clips for PCs enable students to access the content of the class at all times to practice and review the lessons whenever it is necessary, and which will result in faster acquisition of Japanese.

Why not come and visualize your Japanese at SNG?

Student voices

Coto Japanese Language Academy

Coto Japanese Language Academy

Amazing school!

"You can tell by the quality of the lessons that the staff at Coto take their job seriously and are members of a solid team."
- Robert Kingston, 31, Canada, Mechanical Engineer

"I love this school! I love small classes and the lovely teachers and my Japanese is improving so fast. This school is amazing!"
- Ana Nicole Vigueras, 18, America, College Student

"A brilliant and colourful place with a comfortable atmosphere that makes learning fun and easy, everyone is so brilliant I really look forward to coming to class and all the extra curricular activities."
- Micheal Rooney, 29, Scotland, Fitter Machinist

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Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin

(Ask Publishing)
Basic Level Textbooks Now in USE!

The "NIHONGO EXPRESS" textbook, develped by JLI and published by ASK, comes in two books: Basic 1 contains 16 lessons, while Basic 2 has 22 lessons. The textbooks were created for beginner-level learners of Japanese who want to practice coversation in a business context and learn fundamental grammar at the same time. The textbooks tell the story of a foreign trainee at a large trading house, providing rich illustrations to help beginning students understand the context of model conversations. Filled with conversation exercises that are packed with practical expressions, the texbooks will enable learners to communicate smoothly with their Japanese coworkers and business counterparts.